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Chasemarr26

Rising Star
Seems ridiculous many people will laugh if you told them about the idea of playing poker for a living. Due to the fact I am a full time student, this idea sounds wonderful. Like okay sit in my dorm, play cards and win money to pay off school. Sounds brilliant, however, I need some tips. I have been playing holdem since I can remember. Not being of age for the casinos in the U.S is a slight problem causing me to have to drive 3 hours just to get into a casino. With this being said I've went about 3 times with a profit of about 527 dollars. In my home town we have tournaments on certain days that I have just found out about. I've played twice won it all once and got tenth the time before that. Basically what im looking for is the most common or well organized poker site for Americans. I dont get much help with college from my parents or anyone in that matter so It would be sweet if I could win some extra cash through poker, I'm only 18 and most adults look at me as if I have no damn clue what im doing. However, I've probably been playing as long as them. I know the outs, position, betting, tells, all of the good stuff. I think it would be cool to develop a youtube or twitch of this and would like some pointers on that as well. Anyone feel free to comment advice is advice and I greatly appreciate it!
 
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FourLeafClub

Rising Star
happy to help.

I'm more than happy to help, as I seem to be in the exact same position as you, but I'm a European student.
I just recently set up a poker blog to record my poker journey. We can trade info, ideas and talk strategy.
The blog is : mypokernotebook.wordpress.com
Reply if you are interested.
 
LCool888

LCool888

Rock Star
If that's what you want, just do it, don't listen to anybody who has negative things to say to you!

I play Poker to try to pay some part of my scolarship too and I don't see nothing wrong with that.
 
Havik

Havik

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Seems ridiculous many people will laugh if you told them about the idea of playing poker for a living. Due to the fact I am a full time student, this idea sounds wonderful. Like okay sit in my dorm, play cards and win money to pay off school. Sounds brilliant, however, I need some tips. I have been playing holdem since I can remember. Not being of age for the casinos in the U.S is a slight problem causing me to have to drive 3 hours just to get into a casino. With this being said I've went about 3 times with a profit of about 527 dollars. In my home town we have tournaments on certain days that I have just found out about. I've played twice won it all once and got tenth the time before that. Basically what im looking for is the most common or well organized poker site for Americans. I dont get much help with college from my parents or anyone in that matter so It would be sweet if I could win some extra cash through poker, I'm only 18 and most adults look at me as if I have no damn clue what im doing. However, I've probably been playing as long as them. I know the outs, position, betting, tells, all of the good stuff. I think it would be cool to develop a youtube or twitch of this and would like some pointers on that as well. Anyone feel free to comment advice is advice and I greatly appreciate it!

If your twitch channel blew up it wouldn't be hard at all to make a living playing poker. Poker itself is a serious grind, but if you stick to it and continue to study the game you should be fine.
 
OzExorcist

OzExorcist

Broomcorn's uncle
So... I don't want to be a downer or anything but what you're talking about is a really small sample size. $527 over three sessions (I assume you're playing something like $1/$2 NL?) is OK but it's just three sessions.

I know you think you've been playing a long time but the reality is there's no way to even tell if you're a winning player at this stage.

On top of that, you're talking about playing mostly live poker. The stakes you play in live poker directly affect how much money you can make, because unlike online you can't multitable. Let's say you somehow won at a crazy high rate like 10BB/hr (which translates to about 30BB/100 at the rate live poker games go). In a $1/$2 game that's still only $20/hr... and like I mentioned, that's a crazy high win rate. In reality it'd be something lower.

On top of that you've gotta drive three hours to get there, which is a cost you've got to cover, and I assume it's not something you're going to be doing every day around school so you can get in what... two sessions a week?

If you can play online things might be different, you can get in a much higher volume of hands because the pace of play is faster and you can multitable, plus you'd cut out the three-hour commute so you'd have more time to actually play. But I think you're underestimating just how hard it is to beat the games consistently enough to actually live off.

Like I said, I don't want to be a downer but if you're looking to pay for college I'd be looking at getting a regular job and just play poker on the side.
 
XXPXXP

XXPXXP

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would say no problem for a try
but want to say
poker is really a big variance game
before you try

my advice: play want you can afford and do not expect this is a serious source of income.

then good luck.
 
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Gaai1

Enthusiast
I have no stats nor experience on this, but my gut tells me to agree with the last two posts (OzExorcist, XXPXXP).

However, social media is big. If you're able to make a popular youtube channel about your poker adventures I think you'll be able to make a nice income from advertisements.
That way you don't need the high stakes for the high income you need for paying for college.
You do need some affinity (is that correct English in this context?) with shooting videos, performing in front of a (web)cam, video editing and a commitment to your channel though.
Perhaps the adds from a blog instead of a vlog can do well too.
 
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